Lap Counters

Lap Counters

Post by Kert Sabba » Sun, 15 Dec 1996 04:00:00


I have starting swimming as a way of cross training.  While I want to keep
track of the laps, I also let my mind wander as a means of relaxation.  Are
there any devices available (other than memory) to keep track of one's
 progress?  If so, where can they be ordered?

                                        Thanks

 
 
 

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Post by dkolto » Tue, 17 Dec 1996 04:00:00

I know speedo has one, probably available at any speedo show.  Also
several of the mail order firms on the net carry them.  Check the yellow
pages of swimming or colorado swim jump site for a few of them

dan

Quote:

> I have starting swimming as a way of cross training.  While I want to keep
> track of the laps, I also let my mind wander as a means of relaxation.  Are
> there any devices available (other than memory) to keep track of one's
>  progress?  If so, where can they be ordered?

>                                         Thanks


 
 
 

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Post by Chip Zemp » Tue, 17 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have starting swimming as a way of cross training.  While I want to keep
> track of the laps, I also let my mind wander as a means of relaxation.  Are
> there any devices available (other than memory) to keep track of one's
>  progress?  If so, where can they be ordered?

>                                         Thanks

If you're interested in just cariovascular conditioning, fat burning,
etc., consider just keeping track of the time. Swim for 20 (or whatever)
minutes.

Of course, that isn't enough for many people. They want to know how far
they went. If you're stopping at all (say every 100 yards, or every 10
lengths or whatever) you can slide the floats along the end of the lane
line, using them like a big abacus. A lot of competitors do this in their
interval workouts to keep track of how many repeats they've done.

If you want to spend money, Speedo makes a little gadget specifically for
lap counting that looks like a little sports watch that straps on your
index finger. It has a button on the face that you press with your thumb
and an LCD readout. The mail order stores (or a local swim shop) should
carry them. Call 1-800-555-1212 (that's 800 information) and ask for
numbers for Kast-a-way Swimwear and World Wide Aquatics. (I don't know
anyone who has used these though.)

With practice, you may find that you can count your laps just fine and
still be able to "zone out" to some extent. I like to say the number to
myself each time I push-off - it has become a part of the whole process of
blasting off the wall.

Chip Zempel

 
 
 

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Post by Kevin Ry » Wed, 18 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I have starting swimming as a way of cross training.  While I want to keep
>track of the laps, I also let my mind wander as a means of relaxation.  Are
>there any devices available (other than memory) to keep track of one's
> progress?  If so, where can they be ordered?
>                                    Thanks

I use a stopwatch with lap memory such as the Timex.  I count a lap
every 200m.  It is easy to tell when looking at the time for the lap
whether you have swum 150m or 200m (in a 25m pool).  I then use the
lap counter on the watch to count my 200m laps.  With the 50 lap
memory, I can count up to 10km - far enough?

I look at and operate the watch underwater during the pushoff from the
wall, so there is no stopping.

Kevin Ryan

 
 
 

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Post by Edward M. Powe » Fri, 20 Dec 1996 04:00:00


writes:
[snip]

Quote:
>Of course, that isn't enough for many people. They want to know how
far
>they went. If you're stopping at all (say every 100 yards, or every 10
>lengths or whatever) you can slide the floats along the end of the
lane
>line, using them like a big abacus. A lot of competitors do this in
their
>interval workouts to keep track of how many repeats they've done.

[snip]

I'm embarrassed to say how many years I've been swimming and I just
learned this trick two weeks ago!  I can't believe it never occurred to
me.  

I'm an idiot.

Ed